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NIE program celebrates young writers

on March 31, 2014 6:00 AM

The Indiana Gazette is celebrating its 29th year of publication of the Newspaper in Education Student Supplement, which highlights the talents of local students from kindergarten through grade 12 in a variety of contests.

All of the work included in the section has been created by students in our readership area. The kindergarteners and first- and second-graders are asked to complete the last frame of a comic strip that has been developed by one of our Gazette artists.

[Get the NIE student writers' supplemental section today in The Indiana Gazette, delivered to your home or on the rack at a nearby newsstand. Gazette subscribers can view virtual pages of the NIE section along with the rest of today's edition on The Indiana Gazette ePaper website.]

At the third-grade level, students are asked to write a short essay paragraph on a topic that changes yearly.

Fourth- through sixth-grade students design ads that are sponsored by local businesses, and at the high school level, students have the opportunity to showcase their writing abilities through an opinion writing contest and feature writing contest.

High school students also compete in a photography contest that includes the best feature, sports and news photographs.

The goal of The Indiana Gazette’s NIE program is to reinforce a positive lifetime reading habit in students by engaging them in a life skill that will be benefit them into adulthood.

It also provides them with an opportunity to have their work published, something few school-age students can pride themselves on.

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